Our Executive Management Group

Our Executive Management Group (EMG) is made up of four executives who oversee the strategic direction and management of over $27 billion in funds as at 30 June 2018.

The EMG is led by our Chief Executive Officer. It is the EMG's responsibility, with the help of our Board Secretary, to:

  • Lead our day-to-day management
  • Provide insights and advice to the Board

EMG members undertake continuous education, ensuring that they maintain the educational and technical skills needed to effectively carry out their roles in a knowledgeable and prudent manner.

Our Executive Management Group members

Ben Palmer - Chief Executive OfficerBen Palmer - CEO

Ben was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 4 July 2018, and is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the organisation. He is accountable for achieving our strategic, business, policy and budget objectives, and for compliance with legislative requirements. Formerly our General Manager, Investments, Ben was also our Acting CEO from 30 January 2017 for six months and from 1 February 2018 for a further five months.

Ben has over 16 years' experience across the superannuation and investment management professions. Before joining us, Ben spent eight years with Schroders in London, more recently as Head of Portfolio Management for the group's UK private wealth business, and previously as Asset Allocation Strategist specialising in the not-for-profit sector.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and completed a Certified Investment Management Analyst qualification in 2013. He joined us in December 2012.

Karen Horne - General Manager, Superannuation ServicesKaren Horne - General Manager, Superannuation Services

Karen is responsible for providing overall leadership for the delivery of strategic and operational member engagement, legal risk and compliance, business development and business analysis services to GESB. In addition, she holds executive responsibility for overseeing the service delivery of our administration services provider. Karen was also our Acting CEO from 30 July 2017 for a period of six months.

Karen was previously Head of Business Development for GESB, and prior to this, held senior management roles with a number of organisations in both the super and financial services sectors.

Karen is a member of the WA State Executive of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). She has a Masters of Future Studies, a Diploma of Financial Services, a Diploma of Insurance, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She joined us in 2006.

Mark Caldwell - General Manager, Finance and Business ServicesMark Caldwell - General Manager, Finance and Business Services

Mark is responsible for the services of our Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement, and Investment Operations teams.

He has a BA (Hons) Degree in International Business and German. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) in the UK, and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. Mark also completed a post graduate diploma in Corporate Governance, through the Governance Institute of Australia and is a Chartered Company Secretary.

Mark has held a number of senior finance positions both in the UK and Australia, and has been employed in his current role since November 2014.

Mark also sits on the WA Government CIO Advisory Committee, within the office of the Government Chief Information Officer.

Lucia Barrett - Board Secretary Lucia Barret - Board Secretary

Lucia is our Board Secretary and Manager - Legal, Risk and Compliance. She has been working across the legal and tax professions for the past 16 years. Lucia replaces Chelsea Chua in the position, and has been appointed for a two-year period.

She has extensive experience having held various legal and tax positions, and previously worked for a large financial institution and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Lucia has a double degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) from Murdoch University.

Lucia joined us in 2008.

Page last updated 25 July 2018